The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct

The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct


From the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants comes this dynamic and visually superb portrait of Earth's final superorganism.

The Leafcutter Ants is the main particular and authoritative description of any ant species ever produced. With a textual content appropriate for either a lay and a systematic viewers, the publication offers an unforgettable travel of Earth's such a lot advanced animal societies. each one colony of leafcutters comprises as many as 5 million employees, all of the daughters of a unmarried queen that could reside over a decade. a big nest can stretch thirty ft throughout, upward push 5 ft or extra above the floor, and encompass enormous quantities of chambers that stretch twenty-five ft lower than the floor floor. certainly, the leafcutters have parlayed their instinctive civilization right into a digital domination of wooded area, grassland, and cropland―from Louisiana to Patagonia. encouraged by means of a piece of the authors' acclaimed The Superorganism, this brilliantly illustrated paintings presents the final word rationalization of what a social order with a half-billion years of animal evolution has accomplished. Four-color all through, fifty six pictures

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